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Grants & Loans

 

Indiana Landmarks' provides grants and loans to help local preservation organizations save and restore historic places. We keep the paperwork to a minimum, and in most programs we welcome applications as needs arise. Download our guide to Grants and Loans from Indiana Landmarks.

 

In all cases, groups must meet eligibility requirements and make a formal application. To learn more about Indiana Landmarks' grants and loans, contact the Indiana Landmarks regional office that serves your community.

 

Endangered Places Program

Efroymson Family Endangered Places Grants

Endangered Places Loans

Endangered Places Acquisition Program

 

Grants

African American Heritage Grants

Historic Preservation Education Grants

Legal Defense Grants 

Marion County Historic Preservation Grants

 

Funding Programs

Partners in Preservation National Register Program 

 

 

Endangered Places Program

Our Endangered Places Program makes money available to nonprofit organizations to rescue and restore jeopardized historic properties.

 

Efroymson Family Endangered Places Grants
Through the Efroymson Family Endangered Places Grant Fund, Indiana Landmarks' makes grants available to nonprofit organizations for professional architectural and engineering feasibility studies and other preservation consulting services, as well as organizational development. The grants may not be used for physical restoration work. We award Efroymson Family Endangered Places Grants on a four-to-one matching basis, with four dollars from us matching each local cash dollar. We will fund 80% of the total project cost up to $2,500. For more information, contact the Indiana Landmarks regional office nearest you. 

 

Endangered Places Loans 

Nonprofit preservation organizations may apply to Indiana Landmarks for Endangered Places loans to buy and/or restore historic properties. The recipient of loan funds must attach Indiana Landmarks' protective covenant to the property deed. Indiana Landmarks' Endangered Places Loans have a $75,000 limit and low-interest terms for the first three years. In making loan decisions, we give special consideration to projects that will save buildings listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or located in a National or State Register historic district. For more information, contact the Indiana Landmarks regional office nearest you.

 

Endangered Places Acquisition Program

To save vacant and endangered buildings, Indiana Landmarks sometimes buys the place, using money from our Endangered Places Acquisition Fund. We attach protective covenants to the property’s deed and resell to a buyer who agrees to restore the landmark within a specified time. When the property sells, the revenue returns to our acquisition fund. For more information, contact the Indiana Landmarks regional office nearest you.

 

 

Grants

African American Heritage Grants  

Indiana Landmarks' African American Landmarks Committee awards grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 to assist organizations in the preservation and promotion of historic African American properties and sites in Indiana. Civic groups, schools, libraries, historical societies, and other nonprofit agencies are eligible to apply for grants for organizational assistance, studies assisting in or leading to the preservation of a historic African American place, and programs promoting the preservation, interpretation, and/or visitation of a historic African American place. We make the grants on a four-to-one matching basis, funding 80% of the total project cost up to $2,500, whichever is less. For more information contact Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services for Indiana Landmarks, 800-450-4534, 317-639-4534, or mdollase@indianalandmarks.org.

 

Historic Preservation Education Grants
Indiana Landmarks and the Indiana Humanities Council make grants of up to $2,000 for educational projects related to historic properties in Indiana. Eligible projects include lectures, workshops, conferences, production of audiovisual materials, heritage and cultural tourism programs, and educational publications. Proposals for Heritage Preservation Education Grants are due in early March each year. Completed applications are due in April, and grant awards are announced in May. Online applications are available here. For more information, contact Suzanne Stanis, Indiana Landmarks' Director of Heritage Education and Information, 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534 or sstanis@indianalandmarks.org.

 

Legal Defense Grants
While Indiana Landmarks regards legal action as a last resort, we recognize that it is sometimes required to save endangered structures and support preservation processes. Nonprofit preservation organizations may request grants of up to $2,000 for legal fees to defend or compel conformance with a local preservation ordinance, enforce protective covenants, or seek an injunction to prevent the demolition of a historic building. Indiana Landmarks' Legal Defense Grants cover 80% of the total cost of legal counsel up to $2,000. For more information, contact the Indiana Landmarks regional office nearest you.

 

Marion County Historic Preservation Grants

Through a special fund we established in partnership with The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Indiana Landmarks makes grants to support nonprofit organizations working to preserve historic buildings and neighborhoods in Marion County. We accept applications year round and  consider  grant requests on a monthly basis. For more information about the Marion County grants, contact Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services at Indiana Landmarks, 800-450-4534, 317-639-4534, or mdollase@indianalandmarks.org.

 

 

Eligibility

To qualify for Indiana Landmarks' grants and loans, an organization generally must:

  • Be registered as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Indiana.
  • Be classified by or have applied to the Internal Revenue Service for status as a 501(c)(3) public charity.
  • Be enrolled as a nonprofit or affiliate organizational member of Indiana Landmarks.
  • Possess a charter that identifies preservation of the built environment as a primary organizational purpose.
  • Have a clearly defined organizational structure that includes regular meetings and an ongoing program.
  • Have been in existence for three years and/or have demonstrated responsible fiscal management.

Contact Indiana Landmarks for information on nonprofit membership and affiliate organization status, 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or members@indianalandmarks.org.

 

Making an application

Application forms for Indiana Landmarks' financial programs are easy to complete and may be submitted at any time unless otherwise noted. Contact the Indiana Landmarks' regional office that serves your county to discuss your proposal and obtain an application form.

 

 

Partners in Preservation National Register Program

Indiana Landmarks’ Partners in Preservation National Register Program—we call it PIP, for short—provides assistance to list properties in the National Register of Historic Places. We supply partial funding to hire professional consultants to complete National Register nominations, and we supervise the nomination through the review process at the state level.

 

PIP provides 50 percent of the cost of a National Register nomination up to $1,500 for a single-site nomination. For a historic district nomination, we negotiate the funding amount based upon the size and complexity of the district. We also cover mileage, postage and photo printing expenses up to $100. (PIP does not fund determinations of National Register eligibility.)

 

Indiana Landmarks makes PIP grants to:

The owner of the historic property (the owner may be a private individual,

not-for-profit organization, or municipality);

A consultant listed as a Qualified Professional by the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, with official property-owner consent. (Find the list on the State Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/3675.htm.

 

Download guidelines for PIP grants (363k PDF)

 

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